FRIDAY, JULY 17
‘THE LONG, LONG TRAILER.’ 2 to 3:45 p.m. Movie with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Free. Register. Light refreshments from the Friends of the Bristol Public Library. (860) 584-7790.
FOOD DRIVE FOR THE FOOD PANTRY. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held by Our Lady of Mercy’s Teen Youth Group, JOLT. Help stock the shelves of the Plainville Community Food Pantry. Gnazzo’s, East Street, Plainville.
JULY 17, 18
HOLLYWOOD AT THE BIJOU. 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday. “Horror of Dracula” starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Plus, an installment of “Flash Gordon.” Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. $3 donation. All ages. Refreshments and popcorn served.
SATURDAY, JULY 18
GE5K PASTA DINNER AND FAMILY FUN. 5 to 8 p.m. Carnival games, arts and crafts, live music, face painting, open photo booth, door prizes, more. 41 Woodford Ave., Plainville. PetitRoadRace.com
TAG SALE/ LEMONADE STAND. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Benefit for two sisters who ride every summer to raise money to fight cancer. Proceeds benefit the Smilow Cancer Center. 349 Woodford Ave., Plainville.
CHAMBER MEMBERS NIGHT AT THE BRISTOL BLUES. Gates open at 6 p.m. Game starts at 7 p.m. Against the Worcester Bravehearts. Hosted by the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce. Open to all chamber members and their friends. $13 for adults, $12 for children 14 and under. Includes a catered meal of fried chicken, two sides, unlimited beer and soda, and a reserved grandstand seat. The chamber also will choose someone from the group to throw out the first pitch. Muzzy Field, Park Street, Bristol. (860) 584-4718.
BOOK, BAG SALE. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held by the Friends of the Wolcott Library. Adult fiction. No children’s books. Wolcott Library, 469 Boundline Rd., Wolcott. $5 per plastic bag, which will be provided. Admission is free. (203) 910-5238.
SUNDAY, JULY 19
BUS TRIP TO SEE NASCAR IN LOUDON, N.H. Leaves Southington American Legion, 66 Main St., Southington at 7 a.m. Leaves track at 6 p.m. Bus ride, race ticket. $90. See bartender to sign up. Bring your own cooler. No refunds. (860) 621-4243.
THE 8TH ANNUAL GE 5K ROAD RACE. 7 to 8:30 a.m., registration. 8:30 a.m., Kid’s Fun Run. 9 a.m., 5K Run/Walk. 10 a.m., raffle. (Pre-registration and pick up on Saturday, July 18, 12 to 4 p.m., 41 Woodford Ave., Plainville.) Plainville. PetitRoadRace.com
PLAINVILLE CAMP GROUNDS. 3 p.m. Public worship service in the outdoor door auditorium. Performed by Camp Chaplain Gail Hilliard. Featured speaker will be Rev. Dr. Claire W. Bamberg of the Congregational Church of Plainville. Queen Nzinga’s Daughter’s will provide special music. Plainville Campgrounds, 320 Camp St., Plainville.
SINGLES WALK AND LUNCH. Held by Social Connections. 11 a.m. Walk along the ocean’s edge. Then go to lunch later. Boardwalk area, Baptist Lane, Niantic. No charge for walk. (860) 582-8229, (860) 434-6426.
TUESDAY, JULY 21
INFORMATIONAL SESSION FOR PROSPECTIVE FOSTER PARENTS. 5 to 7 p.m. Wheeler Clinic, 88 East St., Plainville. (860) 793-7277. FosterCarePrograms@WheelerClinic.org
LECTURE ON ISIS AND THE PEACEFUL TENETS OF ISLAM. 6 p.m. Told from the point of view of the Muslim community. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. Free. Register. (860) 673-6791. FarmingtonLibraries.org
JULY 23, AUG. 20
‘MIDSOMER MURDERS.’ Viewings of the television series. 1 p.m. Served with tea and biscuits. Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington. Free and open to the public. FarmingtonLibraries.org
THURSDAY, JULY 23
A WHALE WATCH FROM BOSTON, MASS. Held by Plainville AARP Chapter 4146. Leave from Our Lady of Mercy Church, 19 S. Canal St., Plainville. Have lunch at Boston restaurant. After, board a multi-level whale watch vessel for three-hour excursion. Naturalist will talk about the whales. $119. (860) 747-1732.
MASTER SCRAPBOOK ARTIST GAIL STRAUN. 6 p.m. Learn to make a mini-album for photos. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. Ages 18 and up only. $8 materials fee. Limited to 10 spots. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2023.
FRIDAY, JULY 24
SINGLES MOVIE EVENING. Held by Social Connections. 6:30 p.m. Everyone decides what movie to see. After, go nearby for refreshments. Starplex Cinema, 19 Frontage Rd., Berlin. (860) 582-8229.
JULY 24, AUG. 7, 21
THE BRISTOL HISTORY ROOM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. Houses the local history collection of the Bristol Public Library. Books about Bristol, pictures and postcards, maps, diaries, church, and assessor’s records, newspapers on microfilm, cemetery, birth, death, and marriage indexes, city directories and yearbooks. On permanent display 100 historic images of the city including an entire wall devoted to Lake Compounce. Visitors can win a free copy of the book, “Images of Bristol.” Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2017, firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, JULY 25
ONE DAY COMBINATION SAFE BOATING/ PERSONAL WATERCRAFT COURSE. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Work to obtain a Connecticut certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation. Tunxis Community College, Scott Swamp Road, Farmington. For 10 and over. $89. (860) 773-1450.
MONDAY, JULY 27
BRISTOL SPORTS HALL OF FAME GOLF TOURNAMENT. 10:30 a.m., register. Lunch follows. Scramble starts at 12:30 p.m. Dinner awards and raffle follow the 18 holes of golf played. Chippanee Golf Club, Marsh Road, Bristol. Interested in entering a foursome or being a sponsor, contact Hank Lodge (860) 583-5342 (email@example.com) or Brian Faller, (860) 490-8486, firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY, JULY 28
IMPACTS OF THE STATE BUDGET ON THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. 9 to 10:30 a.m. State Senators Len Fasano (minority leader) and Henri Martin (31st District). Details about the evolving state budget and its expected impact on the economy, state finances, jobs, business, and market competitiveness. Manross Library, 260 Central St., Forestvlle. Seating limited. Register. (860) 584-4718.
AFTERNOON MOVIE. 1 p.m. “My Old Lady,” with Maggie Smith. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ext 2007. BristolLib.com
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29
PAINT NITE. Benefit for Animal Rescue Foundation. 6 p.m., appetizers and drinks. 7 p.m., painting starts. Martino’s Restaurant, Bristol. Tickets are $45 and must be bought on-line. Paintnite.com/pages/events/views/hartfordnewhaven/896860. Seating is limited. ARFCT.org
SATURDAY, AUG. 8
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS BENEFIT. Dinner, 7 p.m. Band, 9 to 1 p.m. Pasta and meatball dinner. Avenue Groove. Bristol Polish Club, 541 North Main St., Bristol. $20 donation. Tickets at BrownPaperTickets.com, Bristol Polish Club, Brooks Oil, 1 Canal St., Plymouth, DAV, 191 Riverside Ave., Bristol. (860) 940-8116, (860) 324-0206.
SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1975 40TH REUNION. 2 to 6 p.m. Cook out-type buffet, cash bar, soft drinks and coffee included. Hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, sausage patties, cole slaw, pasta salad, and chips. Southington Country Club Pavilion, Southington. Last day to register, July 31. Make checks out to SHS Class of 1975, 40th reunion, P.O. Box 582, Plainville CT 06062. Questions, contact (860) 930-5580. For those want to golf before the event, members will be at the golf course at 9:30 a.m. for nine or 18 holes. For reservations, email Norm Rodrigues at email@example.com
SATURDAY, SEPT. 12
TOWN-WIDE TAG SALE. Held by The Arc of Southington. Tag sale is open to residents, businesses, organizations of Southington, Plantsville, Marion, Milldale and will be held at their individual locations. Listings and maps will be available fo r$1 the week of the event at locations to be announced. (860) 628-9220, ext. 1000.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 25
7TH ANNUAL SOUTHINGTON EDUCATION FOUNDATION GALA. 7 p.m. to midnight. Come in your favorite sports jersey and enjoy an evening of “Tailgating at the Turf,” with food stations, open bar, dancing, and silent and live auctions. Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Plantsville. $65 ($75 after Sept. 1). SouthingtonEducationFoundation.org
TRIP TO PHILADELPHIA FOR THE MASS WITH POPE FRANCIS. Held by the St. Stanislaus Church Travelers. Trip features attendance at the Papal Mass, a guided tour of the Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel, one of America’s first saints, born in Philadelphia in 1858. $541. Includes transportation, two nights hotel, one dinner, two breakfasts, and admission to other attractions. (860) 589-5597.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 27
NEW BRITAIN HOUSE SCHOOL CLASS OF 1960. 1 to 5 p.m. 55th reunion. Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Plantsville. www.NBHS1960.com
FALL FOLIAGE BUS TOUR. Held by The First Congregational Church of Southington Cruz’n Congos Travel Group. Trip to New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee. Three hour boat ride with buffet lunch on Lake Winnipesaukee, Harts Turkey Farm dinner, Margate Lakefront resourt Canterbury Shaker Village, Budweiser Beer Co. Barns and gardens and more. (860) 628-8982, firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, OCT. 17
SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1965 50TH REUNION. 6 p.m. Looking for classmates. Any information appreciated. Testa’s Banquet Facility, 26 S. Center St., Southington. Joanne (Casale) Salerno at email@example.com, Jean (Wolak) Amenta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUS TRIP TO SIGHT AND SOUND THEATER IN LANCASTER, PENN. Held by the St. Stanislaus Church Travelers. See “The American Music Theatre” and “The Miracle of Christmas.” Cost is $43 per person twin/ triple, $563 per person single and includes deluxe motorcoach, two nights hotel, two breakfasts, two dinners, two shows, sightseeing and admissions. (860) 589-5597.
SATURDAY, NOV. 28
BRISTOL EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1975 40TH REUNION. Sign-up at Classmates.com
150 YEARS ON PLAINVILLE’S CAMPGROUND HILL. Summer display at the Plainville Historic Center. Covers events and activities that took place on campground. Thousands of people took part in the activities there. During the early years of camp meetings, tents were the main shelter. A large one in the middle of the circle of tents was the tabernacle, where most activities took place. Over time, tents were replaced by small, brightly colored Victorian cottages. Today, it is a seasonal residential community. Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St., Plainville. (860) 747-6577.
NOW thru NOV. 20
THE SHAKERS: FOCUS ON: ENFIELD, CONNECTICUT. Rare and authentic items from the Enfield Shaker community. New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. $12 for adults. $10 for seniors. $8 for students. Free for children under 12. Free admission from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. NBMAA.org
NOW thru JULY 31
ARTIST MARIA MONTANA OF MILLDALE. Exhibit of paintings, “Pot Pourri.” The Gallery at The Orchards, Community Room, second floor, 34 Hobart St., Southington. SouthingtonOrchards.org, SouthingtonArtsAndCrafts.com
NOW thru OCT. 3
BALL AND SOCKET ARTS PRESENTS ART GARAGE. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features works by Andy Cunningham, Kevin Daly, Bob Gregson, Cynthia Beth Rubin, and Jonathan Waters. 530 West Main St., Cheshire.
NOW thru OCT. 24
50 OBJECTS/ 50 STORIES. Exhibit asks, “If an object could define Connecticut, what would it be.” Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford. CHS.org
NOW thru SEPT. 6
LIQUID SUNDAYS. DJs, celebrity guests, pool party. Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $20. Foxwoods.com/liquidSundays.aspx
BINGO. Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m., Fridays at 6:45 p.m. Benefits St. Anthony School. St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol.
BINGO. Every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Free coffee and cookies. Bristol Polish Club, 541 North Main St., Bristol.